Squires' Hat Trick Boosts Bobcats in Season Opener

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Lee Squires, a sophomore from Sheffield, England, scored three goals to give the Lees-McRae Bobcats a 4-2 victory in the home-opener at Tate Field against the Francis Marion Patriots Friday night.

In the eighth minute Squires took a ball down the far left side of the field and found the far post to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead over the Patriots.

The score remained 1-0 through the end of the first half, but right after the start of the second half at the 46 minute mark Logan Linton's (Cocoa, Fla.)cross found a sliding Kyle McGimsey (Plant City, Fla.) and the back of the net to extend the Bobcat lead to 2-0.

Squires' second goal extended the Bobcat lead to 3-0 when he ripped a shot into the bottom of the net in the 59th minute. He notched his third goal in the 71st minute on a header to the near post on another cross from Linton to make it 4-0.

But the Patriots answered in the 76th minute when Ivan Juric took an Emerson Peredo's cross and ripped a shot from just outside the 18-yard box to make it 4-1.

Kyle Clinton cut the lead to 4-2 in the 87th minute when he blasted a freekick into the back of the net.

"We scored four great goals, but I wish we could have kept the shutout," said Bobcats' head coach Chris Whalley. "When we played well tonight we really showed our talent."

The Bobcats will take the pitch Sunday at Tate Field against UNC-Pembroke at 4 p.m.

Pictured: Lee Squires